Europe in Action 2015, Families and Self-Advocacy

Mark Mapemba
Mark Mapemba

Report by Mark Mapemba, Self-advocate representative from Inclusion Africa

21 – 22 MAY 2015 ROME, ITALY

The conference was about self -advocacy and families,  United National Convention on Rights of person with disabilities (UN CRPD), the personal and political side of self-advocacy, legal capacity, education, health, community living, political participation and accessibility

I was a speaker at the conference and I spoke about the challenges for self-advocacy at an international level. Some of the challenges are:

  • parents do not manage to know what their children can do in life, or help them to find their talent
  • marriage is another challenge that we are having in life
  • many people don’t know what intellectual disability is
  • on education, many do not go to school because they don’t have good teachers
  • we don’t  have  good support in community and movement

Fadia Farah, Vice President of Inclusion International, gave a presentation with a topic WHEN I LISTEN.

I met some of the people at the meeting like the president of Europe Inclusion Maureen Piggot, Roberto Speziale for Anffas Onlus Italy and self-advocates from around the Europe. I learn a lot through the topics we had like how to be an active self-advocate, self-advocacy in sports, I live the life I love and I love the life I live.

We have some areas where things are not working and these areas are:

  • legal capacity
  • education
  • health
  • community living
  • political participation and accessibility, and many more.

Self-advocacy and families are more focusing on empowerment of the self-advocacy to live good life and independent life.

Inclusion international have a big role on supporting the groups and to connect the groups around the world so that they can work together. We need ll to link the groups because it is the one that connect the  region so that we can learn from each other and work together with one vision so that the self-advocates can have  better life.

Click here to see some photos from the event